A NEW pub which aims to celebrate 'everything that's great about Scotland' has opened in Glasgow's East End directly opposite the iconic Barrowland Ballroom.

The site where The Gate stands has been home to a public house since 1820.

Almost 200 years later under the helm of drinks industry veteran, Andy Gemmell, it has been reimagined as a “Modern Scottish Pub”.

The interior detail has been inspired by Andy’s love of traditional pubs and his travels to some of the worlds’ best cocktail bars.

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Many of its original features have been retained including fireplaces, oak beams and the original tenement close in which you enter the bar.10173135

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A mix of modern and traditional features have been designed to create a visual impact for anyone entering The Gate, from the dramatic bright yellow flash covering the frontage and doorway, as you enter through the original tenement close with a runway of neon.

The interior has been designed to make people feel relaxed and comfortable with dark forest green, copper touches, a reclaimed wooden floor and bar top, along with a subtle nod to its Scottish heritage including textured Tartan wallpaper and vintage whisky advertising.

The pub also pays homage to the local Barras Market and its traders with framed pictures from renowned Glasgow photographer Mark Leslie adorning the walls.  

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The bar stocks more than 160 whiskies and cocktails have been created by The Gate bartenders with a focus on simple and delicious ingredient.

Bar snacks include Toastie no 4 which is made with Scottish cheddar, Italian taleggio cheese, grand Padano and grated truffle.

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Owner Andy Gemmell said: "I am not trying to re-invent the wheel with The Gate, good hospitality is relatively simple - make people feel great.

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"I have been lucky in my career to have worked in many different places from great boozers to award- winning cocktail bars.

"All i want to do is use my experience and give my guests a great time whenever they enter The Gate and have some great food and drink at the same time.

"I have fallen in love with the area and the people here are some of the best you will find on the planet. The Gallowgate has all the ingredients to bring something special to the city and I’m just glad that I can be part of that."